Wait, is there a locked version? Because I don't remember any non-K part of 7860.
Oh not the 7860. But there are a few processors on my list of compatible CPUs that are locked and have very similar performance like the A10-8750b and at half the price. Of course it is half the price. It is locked.
It's ridiculous how much the old FM2+ APUs cost. How important is CPU performance here?
edit: talking eBay prices.
It is a homemade nas running FreeNas. My CPU hits 50% load transferring files to it (which is not very often) but only 15% copying from it. I mean it is not terrible, but I might be installing a few addons which I don't know how it will hit performance yet.
The unlocked 7860 around $90 from the US.
The locked A10-8750b which performs about the same about $50 also from the US.
Oof yeah. Still.
Anyway OP doesn't need to obsess over an Athlon. He can do just as well with something like a 7700k or 7850k. Actually a 7870k would be ideal, but they're all shipping out of China and they still cost like $80.
I would get an old 7700k and be done with it. I had one, they overclock pretty well if necessary.
edit: or an athlon x4 845. Those are actually pretty cheap on eBay.
I'd like to stay around 65w. The 7700k and the 7850k are 95w. The 845 is about $45 from china, but I need the integrated gpu. I only have 1 pcie slot which I will be using for an m.2 adapter card.